• Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Get to know the natural and cultural beauty of the Oaxaca Valley on this guided day trip by comfortable coach. Visit the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla, modern-day rug weavers in Teotitlan of the Valley (Teotitlán del Valle) and Santa Maria’s 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, the world’s thickest tree. Spend time at the carbonized falls flowing from the cliffs of Hierve el Agua before wrapping up the day with a delicious mescal tasting in Santiago Matatlan. Round-trip hotel transport from Oaxaca included.

Highlights

  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Oaxaca Valley, including Mitla, Santa Maria del Tule and Teotitlan
  • See the world’s widest trunk on the magnificent tule tree in Santa Maria
  • Admire the intricate fretwork and mosaic designs at the well-preserved archaeological site of Mitla
  • See the fossilized falls of Hierve el Agua and learn about mezcal in Santiago Matatlan
  • Watch expert weavers at their looms in the Zapotec village of Teotitlan of the Valley
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach included

What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Mitla, Tule, Matlatan and the Teotitlan Valley from Oaxaca

Tule in Mexico

After morning pickup by coach from your Oaxaca hotel, travel with your guide a short distance east to Santa Maria del Tule, a town famous for a natural wonder: a 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, or a tule tree. Learn how this 509-ton tule tree — considered the world’s thickest with a girth of 173 feet (53 meters) — is actually growing within a family of ancient trees.

Next, wander the archaeological ruins of Mitla, a well-preserved Mesoamerican site in the Oaxaca Valley. With insight from your guide, gaze at the elaborate design of the mosaics, made with finely cut and polished stone pieces. Stunning fretwork covers panels, friezes, tombs, and entire walls. Hear about the Zapotecs who used the city as a religious center, fairly isolated until Spanish conquest in the early 1500s, and see the Spanish colonial Church of San Pablo.

Visit the Zapotec community of Teotitlan of the Valley, where you’ll get the chance to watch artisan weavers build wool rugs on domestic looms, using natural dyes to color their pictorial designs. You might even see reproductions of Picasso and Matisse!

Back aboard the coach, travel along an unpaved road for a scenic stop at Hierve el Agua, or Spanish for ‘boiling water,’ believed to have been a sacred site for the ancient Zapotec. Stare in awe at a set of fossilized 'waterfalls,’ white natural rock formations saturated with calcium carbonate and other mineral deposits. During your hour here, snap photos or go for a swim in the natural spa created by carbonated springs on a cliff that run into cold bathing pools below.

Refuel with a restaurant buffet lunch (own expense) before heading to Santiago Matatlan, a town known as the 'world capital of mezcal.' Learn about the undiluted white mezcal as well as other fine varieties produced in the large number of mezcal factories and outlets. Visit one of these factories and see how this drink is produced, and enjoy a taste of it at the end of the tour before you’re returned to Oaxaca.

Customer Reviews

Danielle United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very informative and fun day trip. It is a very busy day so be prepared for that. The lunch buffet was amazing. I would highly recommend.

Erika R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

While this tour was amazing, I will say that Viator charges almost three times as much as the tour was originally cost with the original touring agency. It is still best to do your own research and communicate with the tour agencies.

Debra A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I generally steer clear of tours but am so glad I took this one. Had I not, I would have missed out on learning all I did about the amazing places visited. Excellent tour for the money.

amanda.hu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent tour guide. They picked us up on time at our b and B to go to the van meeting spot. Excellent packed day and the guide had so much knowledge and was fluent in both Spanish and English. We stopped at the biggest oldest tree, Hierve del Agua, a really nice buffet lunch spot, Mitle, Teotitlan to learn about natural dyeing and textiles, and finally a Mezcal spot. They were so nice and provided bottled water for everyone. Bring a backpack and sneakers bc you will be walking a lot and it can be tiring but you get to see everything. This was the highlight of our Oaxaca trip. Highly recommend this tour as it was professional and we learned so much.

Sophie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very enjoyable trip including a variety of activities and sights and a very friendly, knowledgeable guide.

Megan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was an excellent tour, done in both Spanish and English. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend it!

Ale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Best thing ever. My family is originally from Oaxaca and I loved every single part of it.

Stevie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

EXCEPTIONAL!!!! If you're fortunate enough to have Apolo as your guia guide consider yourself LUCKY!!! He was our driver as well as guide and his knowledge at Mitla was mezmerizing. He made us feel so comfortable and he did not act like he was anything but happy to be with us and to share with us. We spent more time than anticipated in a couple of places but he NEVER rushed us!! WHAT A JOYFUL and AMAZING DAY!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

Sam H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour. Excellent guide. The handicraft demonstrations are really quite something.

Cindy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

One of the best tours ever! Our tour guide Daniel was very interested in archeology and we got so much information, amazing. We are not normally tour types, but this covered so much ground in one day. The weavers, wow. Mitla wow. The big tree was a fun first stop. Have three pesos in your pocket if you want to use the bathroom there. The buffet lunch was done very well, complete with two women making tortilla based items to order on the grill, tons of fresh fruit, grilled meats, side dishes galore. Last stop, mescal production facility, fascinating. Being picked up and dropped off at our hotel, bonus.

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